I’m attempting to make my life, in as many ways as possible, a beautiful, creative act. This is such a multi-faceted idea to me, and takes many forms. It could be the simple act of making a colorful, handmade meal from scratch. It is the connections we form, the community, support, inspiration, and collaboration we find with our friends, neighbors, family, and with people all over the world. It’s in how we dress and accessorize, how we decorate and inhabit our home, the notes we write and the music we hear, sing, and dance to.
I believe deeply that the best way to serve the world is to fully, and without reservation, become the happiest, truest version of yourself.
Do what inspires you, what makes you feel fulfilled, and do it now.
“We do not own the world, but the world owns us; we are guardians of nature’s assets, not owners.”
In 2014, Tanner and I will be giving up our jobs and our home for travel and adventure in South America.
In effort to help preserve and give back to the natural wonders we visit and to promote sustainable change, we will be donating our time and efforts to volunteer in wildlife protection and sustainable agricultural projects scattered throughout the continent.
Our plan is to spend at least 2 months in the Amazon rainforest volunteering with wildlife rescue centers where we will look after endangered animals like monkeys, cats, tapirs and parrots that have been rescued off of deforested land or from black market animal trafficking.
We will spend at least 1 month volunteering on organic farms to learn and explore methods in sustainable farming and eco-construction while also involving the local children and community in learning about environmental issues.
During our stay we would like to contribute as much as possible to these organizations and so we are calling upon our family, friends, and friends of friends to help us help them.
If you would like to assist us in supporting these causes, please donate. All the money we raise will be divided and passed on to each of the organizations directly and not our travel expenses.
These organizations are non-profit and volunteer-based and rely on donations and volunteer fees to survive. No donation is too little or too much, every penny would go to a great cause and your help would mean a lot to us and the wildlife you’d be helping us to protect.
Who are you helping?
Inti Wari Yassi
Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian non-governmental organization dedicated to rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating sick, mistreated and abandoned wildlife. There are several species of monkey, sloths, pumas, jaguars, ocelots, tehons and an expanding bird center that works with toucans, parrots, and other bird species. CIWY also teaches Bolivians about the importance of leaving wildlife in its natural habitat and the negative effects of the animal trade.
The organization is run by permanent staff and supported by the generosity and hard work of international volunteers. Volunteer work can vary from construction, administration and local education programs to working directly with all the species in the park.
Rio Muchacho is a working organic farm nestled in a small valley on the coast of Ecuador that is open to all volunteers who want to learn about eco-practices and sustainable living. The farm demonstrates a combination of organic agriculture, permaculture, traditional moon cycles, alternative energy, recycling, and reuse. The farm promotes sustainable community development by means of local participation in tourism, production of crafts with local materials and creation and coordination of an environmental primary school.
The main project of the farm is The Community Environmental School which serves 40 children, ages 4-13. The aim of the school is provide a good broad education and raise students awareness on environmental issues. Supported by parents and the organic farm, tourists, friends, family and volunteers the school fosters an understanding of how future generations can manage their natural resources sustainably.
Merazonia is a dynamic rescue and rehabilitation centre for trafficked and abused Amazonian animals, located in Mera, Ecuador.
Animals confiscated by the Ministry of Environment and the police, are brought to Merazonia. The organization cares for monkeys, kinkajous, cats, other mammals and parrots. Volunteers help care for the animals, as well as continue to construct enclosures and trails to improve the center. Merazonia works on both rehabilitating and providing release programs for the animals. If animals are too injured or imprinted for this, they will give them a chance to live as naturally and comfortably as possible.
Thanks for much for taking the time to read this. We are excited to have this opportunity to contribute and to be able to raise money and see it directly impact the organizations and the animals we are volunteering with. We truly appreciate any thing you can do for us whether it be donating or spreading the word to people you know.
<3 Roxanne & Tanner